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Lara to launch her own shoe line

entertainment Updated: Jan 26, 2011 13:44 IST

Bollywood actor Lara Dutta has not just stuck to cinema and has been doing some out of the box stuff like her recent launch of fitness DVD. Now the actress is gearing up for a new venture- shoe designing.

Lara's fiancé, tennis ace Mahesh Bhupati whom she'll be marrying next month, has been very supportive of her talent. "After the success of her fitness DVD, Lara is now preparing to launch her own range of shoes. Mahesh is very encouraging and supportive of Lara's decisions and has been sharing his own business expertise with her. She had shown some designs and samples to him and he encouraged her to take it up on a more serious level and launch her collection," a source told Mid Day.

Mahesh- LaraLara has floored Mahesh once again. "Mahesh is impressed with Lara's eye for detail and talent. Work is in progress on the shoe launch and Lara is working on it. Lara is planning to launch it at the end of the year," the source added.

Lara will be personally involved in designing the limited edition collection. "It's still too early to talk about it, but the designer shoes will be a high-end, expensive, limited edition line. It will be all kinds of shoes - from ladies' casual to formal wear including stilettos and sandals, and sports shoes. Lara is personally looking into the concepts and designs," revealed the source.

Will there be an international tie-up as well? "She has been talking to a few brands for the tie-up. Globosport (Mahesh Bhupathi's company) is marketing it on her behalf and talking to the various shoe brands. Once the shoe brand is locked, they will figure the extent of Lara's involvement and participation in the whole project. It's a mutual basis agreement. Lara is very excited about it. It's always been her dream to launch a fitness DVD and shoe collection? One of which has come true and the other is happening too," the source informed the tabloid.